Thunder in Hendersonville

Written By:
Neil Siders


As one pulled into the parking lot of the Wired Cafe in Hendersonville, Thursday, July 5 they were greeted with a deep rumble sound, marked with sharp, high pitched whales and accented with a primal groan worthy of some mythic beast awakened from a deep slumber by the smell of passing prey. The reverberating rhythm of a melody wafts though the air, bringing all of the sound into a crystal clear focus.

On the day after this nation’s Independence Day, this calm coffee and hookah cafe came to life with all of the energy and spirit of a concert venue.

Event Promoter Matthew Maisano said this was a one time heavy metal concert and the Wired Cafe did not plan on hosting additional heavy metal events.

"We just wanted to give something back to the local music community," Maisano said.

"You have to give people what they like," said Maisano, when asked why have heavy metal concerts.

"It is definitely going to be heavy," said Maisano as he frantically collected the $6 cover charge from people entering the tinted double doors.

As bodies bounced around the packed house, the headline group "Rising form Ruin" prepared to put on a show, unpacking kick drums and mic stands in the parking lot.

"Rising form Ruin" founding member and drummer Joshua Ray said the group all had strong ties to Sumner County and the City of Hendersonville.

"I guess it is the closest thing the band has to a home town," said Ray. "It is nice to have a chance to come back and rock your home town."

"Rising from Ruin," an upcoming, local heavy metal band known for their combination of deep melodic rifts, technical excellence, and the primal vocals of lead singer George Kingery, has quickly been making waves in Nashville music since the group finally settled on its four member lineup less than five months ago.

Kingery agreed with Ray.

"We are going to rock this damn town to the ground," Kingery said as he joked with Ray.

Kingery, who currently lives in Gallatin, said the band has been playing a lot of gigs late at night in Nashville, so it was nice to play earlier in the night and closer to home so friends and family could attend.

"I doubt Hendersonville has ever heard anything like us," said Kingery.

"I don't know if they are ready," chimed in bass guitarist David Somtherman.

"They better get ready."

"They are not ready."

"They better be ready," said guitarist Jason Smith.

Ray said the band’s deep mythic rhythms and primal vocals were based on a blues tradition of a nation recovering from depression.

"I think our name kind of says it all," said Ray. "We focus on the battle of getting back up."

Then, a silence fell, signaling the last warm up act had finished their set. The calm before the storm.

After a brief time setting up, Somtherman released a barrage of bass with a swift movement of his hands, as Kingery began a slowly building growl culminating in an out right roar.

By the time the drums kicked in, the crowd, who was pushed tightly against the wall to allow Kingery and Somtherman to move about the room as they released their earth shattering tunes, began a series of head bangs, shoulder bumps and wild gyrations.

After a 45 minute show, the rumble faded into silence, only disturbed by the ringing of one’s own ears, and Hendersonville returned to the sleepy silence of midnight.

As the crowd sauntered out, the band began the process of packing up, and the music to their ears was the countless praise still being bestowed upon them.

"It was nice to jam for all of y’all," said Kingery.

Ray said that the band would be playing a show at the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville in the near future, but the details have not been work out at the moment.

Ray said the band would be release their first EP "Survivalism" in the fall of 2012, and people interested in "Rising from Ruin" should check them out at their Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/risingfromruin.